They said it could never happen. They said that if you wanted to make it big as a writer then you would have to be published by one of the big five traditional publishing houses.
They were wrong.
Today, some of the highest earning authors are Indie (self-published) authors. Many of them have chosen this route, not simply because they could not interest a mainstream publisher in their work, but because Indie publishing pays.
A book published traditionally earns the writer something like 17% of the retail price of the book, whereas an Indie author earns, on average, around 70%
As a consequence, the Amazon.com Kindle top 10 on Friday this week is:
1: The Moonlit Garden by Cynthia Bomann (AmazonCrossing — Amazon Publishing imprint)
2: The Throwaway Children by Diney Costeloe (Head of Zeus — indie publisher)
3: Yours Completely by Krista Lakes (Zirconia Publishing — indie/self-published)
4: Harmony Black by Craig Schaefer (47North — Amazon imprint)
5: Just One Damned Thing After Another by Jodie Taylor (Accent Press — indie publisher)
6: A Shade of Vampire by Bella Forrest (Self-published)
7: January: Calendar Girl Book by Audrey Carlan (Accent Press — indie publisher)
8: Fields of Wrath by Mark Wheaton (Thomas & Mercer — Amazon imprint)
9: The Good Neighbor by A J Banner (Lake Union — Amazon imprint)
10: The Short Drop by Matthew FitzSimmons (Thomas & Mercer — Amazon imprint)
So, how do these books compare for quality with their more traditionally published counterparts?
I intend to find out.
Each week, beginning next week I shall review a top rated indie book in a new series of posts - The 'Best of Indie' series.
If you have any suggestions, or you would like to put a book forward for review, feel free to contact me. Remember, though, I intend to be scrupulously honest.
My first review will be of Jodie Taylor's time travel adventure, 'Just One Damned Thing After Another' (Published by Accent Press - Indie Publisher)
Time travel meets history in this explosive, bestselling adventure series.
At St Mary’s Institute of Historical Research, the historians don’t just study the past, they revisit it.
Behind the strait-laced façade of a conventional academic institution, the secret of time travel is being used for ground-breaking and daring historical research taking the historians on a rollercoaster ride through history: from the destruction of Pompeii to the Normandy trenches; from the Great Fire of London to Bronze Age Troy and even to the time of the dinosaurs…
Meanwhile, within at St Mary’s itself, there are power struggles and intrigues worthy of a book in themselves.
In Book One, we follow new recruit Max as she rides the catastrophe curve from eleventh-century London to the First World War, and from the Cretaceous Period to the destruction of the Great Library at Alexandria. For wherever Historians go, chaos is sure to follow in their wake ...
Check back here next week to find out what I think...